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[7/14/2016] Felix Perez homers in his first two games

Felix Perez blasted a home run in his first NPB plate appearance on July 12 and then another the following day. He is the eighth player (fifth foreign player) in NPB history to hit his first home run in his first plate appearance and his second home run the following day, first since Frank Bolick in 1999.

Source: Sponichi 7/14/2016

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SEI

[7/14/2016] Tatsuyuki Uemoto earns domestic FA option

Tatsuyuki Uemoto (35) earned his domestic FA option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2016

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[7/14/2016] NPB: time between pitches (through July 13)

The NPB released a list of pitchers and hitters ranked by the shortest time between pitches as part of their ongoing efforts to shorten the length of games. The top ranked pitchers and hitters will be eligible for the Speed Up Award. Below are the rankings for pitchers.

Time between pitches with bases empty (through July 13)

Central League

Rank Name JPN Name ENG Team Time IP
1 高木 勇人 Takagi, Hayato Yomiuri 10.9 84.2
2 井納 翔一 Ino, Shoichi Yokohama 11.0 101.1
3 田口 麗斗 Taguchi, Kazuto Yomiuri 11.1 90.1
4 マテオ Mateo, Marcos Hanshin 11.1 34.2
5 山中 浩史 Yamanaka, Hirofumi Yakult 11.3 74.2
6 三上 朋也 Mikami, Tomoya Yokohama 11.5 32.2
7 ジョンソン Johnson, Kris Hiroshima 11.8 114.1
8 野村 祐輔 Nomura, Yusuke Hiroshima 11.9 93.2
9 ジョーダン Norberto, Jordan Chunichi 11.9 80.0
10 若松 駿太 Wakamatsu, Shunta Chunichi 11.9 95.1

Pacific League

Rank Name JPN Name ENG Team Time IP
1 牧田 和久 Makita, Kazuhisa Seibu 8.0 48.0
2 小石 博孝 Koishi, Hirotaka Seibu 9.4 46.1
3 メンドーサ Mendoza, Luis Nippon Ham 10.4 95.2
4 吉川 光夫 Nippon Ham Nippon Ham 10.5 74.1
5 髙橋 光成 Takahashi, Kona Seibu 10.8 76.0
6 ディクソン Dickson, Brandon Orix 10.8 98.0
7 和田 毅 Wada, Tsuyoshi Softbank 11.6 97.2
8 東明 大貴 Tomei, Daiki Orix 11.6 73.2
9 南 昌輝 Minami, Masaki Lotte 11.6 37.2
10 二木 康太 Futaki, Kota Lotte 11.9 79.2

Source: NPB announcement

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[7/14/2016] NPB Attendance Figures at the All-Star Break

Central League

Attendance

  2016 2015
  G Attendance Avg/Gm Chg G Attendance Avg/Gm
Yakult 45 1,058,124 23,514 +13.2% 40 830,940 20,774
Yomiuri 43 1,833,096 42,630 +1.0% 44 1,857,390 42,213
Hanshin 40 1,651,431 41,286 +6.6% 41 1,587,181 38,712
Hiroshima 42 1,211,444 28,844 +0.9% 40 1,143,502 28,588
Chunichi 43 1,215,638 28,271 +0.7% 45 1,263,836 28,085
Yokohama 47 1,239,720 26,377 +7.7% 43 1,052,683 24,481
  260 8,209,453 31,575 +3.3% 253 7,735,532 30,575

Game Times

  2016 2015
All Games 3:15 (314 games) 3:17 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:09 (280 games) 3:11 (434 games)

Pacific League

Attendance

  2016 2015
  G Attendance Avg/Gm Chg G Attendance Avg/Gm
Nippon Ham 40 1,102,456 27,561 +5.0% 41 1,076,391 26,253
Rakuten 40 921,536 23,038 +1.4% 40 908,354 22,709
Seibu 41 903,341 22,033 +4.6% 44 926,757 21,063
Lotte 42 886,577 21,109 +23.2% 39 668,171 17,133
Orix 42 1,047,352 24,937 +0.9% 41 1,013,524 24,720
Softbank 44 1,484,369 33,736 -1.2% 42 1,433,414 34,129
  249 6,345,631 25,484 +4.4% 247 6,026,611 24,399

Game Times

  2016 2015
All Games 3:19 (303 games) 3:21 (483 games)
Nine Innings 3:13 (271 games) 3:16 (437 games)
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[7/14/2016] Mazda All-Star Game 2016: Game 1 Starters

Game 1 starting pitchers:

Pacific League

Tsuyoshi Wada – 15 G, 9-3, 3.32 ERA

Central League

Tomoyuki Sugano – 16 G, 6-4, 1.58 ERA

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[7/14/2016] Daichi Osera could join Ichi-gun team after All-Star break

Daichi Osera started a Ni-gun game against Hanshin on July 10. He gave up two runs (earned) on nine hits over 7.1 innings of work. He faced thirty batters, threw 121 pitches, struck out three, walked none, and topped out at 147km/h.

Osera is expected to join the Ichi-gun team after the All-Star break.

Source: Sports Hochi 7/14/2016

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CHU

[7/14/2016] Chunichi Dragons add Hiroki Kondo to their seventy-man roster

The Chunichi Dragons announced that they added Ikusei player Hiroki Kondo to their seventy-man roster. His uniform number will change from 213 to 67. According to media reports, he agreed to a salary of 4.4 million yen with a five million yen signing bonus (estimates).

Source: Chunichi announcement, Sports Hochi 7/14/2016, Sponichi 7/14/2016

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[7/13/2016] Yokohama reaches agreement with Mike Broadway

Mike Broadway arrived at Haneda Airport earlier today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/13/2016

[UPDATE 7/14 @ 8:25pm]

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced today that they reached an agreement with Broadway. According to media reports, the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth an estimated sixty million yen. He is expected to join the team for practices within the next few days.

Source: Yokohama announcement, Nikkan Sports 7/14/2016

[UPDATE 7/22 @ 9:17pm]

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Broadway earlier today.

Source: Yokohama announcement

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[7/13/2016] Fresh All-Star Game 2016 Starting Lineups

Eastern League – Third Base

  Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Uni
1 CF オコエ 瑠偉 Okoye, Louis Rakuten 9
2 2B 呉 念庭 Wu, Nien Ting Seibu 39
3 RF 肘井 竜蔵 Hijii, Ryuzo Lotte 69
4 1B 岡本 和真 Okamoto, Kazuma Yomiuri 38
5 SS 平沢 大河 Hirasawa, Taiga Lotte 13
6 DH 宇佐美 塁大 Usami, Ruita Nippon Ham 50
7 3B 山下 幸輝 Yamashita, Koki Yokohama 38
8 LF 山崎 晃大朗 Yamasaki, Kotaro Yakult 31
9 C 清水 優心 Shimizu, Yushi Nippon Ham 10
  SP 長谷川 潤 Hasegawa, Jun Yomiuri 96

Western League – First Base

  Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team Uni
1 2B 西川 龍馬 Nishikawa, Ryoma Hiroshima 63
2 3B 大城 滉二 Oshiro, Koji Orix 10
3 CF 友永 翔太 Tomonaga, Shota Chunichi 1
4 DH 奥浪 鏡 Okunami, Kyo Orix 61
5 RF 板山 祐太郎 Itayama, Yutaro Hanshin 63
6 1B 石川 駿 Ishikawa, Shun Chunichi 9
7 LF 上林 誠知 Uebayashi, Seiji Softbank 51
8 C 坂本 誠志郎 Sakamoto, Seishiro Hanshin 12
9 SS 桒原 樹 Kuwahara, Tatsuki Hiroshima 45
  P 髙橋 純平 Takahashi, Jumpei Softbank 47
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[7/13/2016] Toshiki Sakurai tosses bullpen session

Toshiki Sakurai (right elbow) threw thirty-five pitches in the bullpen at Giants Stadium today. He is currently slated to pitch in a San-gun rehab game against the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds on July 16.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/13/2016

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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